This Government is Democratically Suspect

A government half whose parliamentary base is made up of anti-democratic political parties cannot be trusted. This is one reason why I believe Israel’s liberal democracy has come to the end of the line and the country needs a more liberal but less democratic form of government. There are several more reasons for this:

  1. Israel needs to coercively integrate its Haredi minority while respecting their culture and religious beliefs before they become too unmanageable in demographic terms.
  2. Israel needs to impose gender equality on its Arab minority so as to integrate Arab women in the labor market.
  3. Median Jewish mass immigration means tremendous challenges in the coming decades and so Israel cannot afford to subsidize non-working able-bodied freeloaders whether Haredi men or Arab women.
  4. Israel needs to implement an authoritarian liberal revolution as part of the effort to make the country attractive for Western Aliyah, including for patrilineal American Reform Jews.
  5. Israel needs a new constitution that will last for the long term including for preserving democracy when Haredim become the majority.
  6. Israel needs a new constitution and a new form of government in place before the Northern War erupts. Why? Because the Northern War will test national cohesion and will be difficult to complete under a regime of liberal democracy.

Israel’s new constitution needs to define the country as a Jewish and Liberal state as opposed to a Jewish and Democratic state.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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